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So... you want to donate your stuff to the archives...

Please note: this project is a prototype created for a graduate course on Archival Public Services for the School of Library, Information and Archival Studies and the University of British Columbia. We hope to develop it into a full-fledged resource some day, but right now it is preserved in its prototypical form.

Welcome! We're delighted to hear that you're considering donating your stuff to the archives.

We've created this website to help guide you through the process. For many people, what happens to their stuff in an archives is a mystery, which makes it hard to donate your materials with confidence. Or, it might feel overwhelming to donate your stuff because your materials are very meaningful to you and you've had a hard time deciding whether or not to let them go. You might want to know in advance the kinds of questions the archivist will ask. Or, you might just be curious about what really goes on in an archives...


[ Intro video with brief narratives from a diverse range of donors ]


You are free to navigate the website however you wish, but if you'd like to get a sense of the full, start-to-finish journey of donating your materials to the archives then we suggest following the buttons at the bottom of the page that look like this:


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The Donor Workbook

The donor workbook is an optional tool for you to refer to as you go through the website. It allows you to record any questions you might have for the archivist, or other things that you think of as you're going through the website.

Download the workbook (PDF)



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